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Road trip leads to new cheat day record

Last Saturday night, as we huddled under blankets in below-freezing temperatures watching Marian University take on Taylor, my nephew Garrett shook off a pair of first-quarter pass-interference penalties and scooped up a blocked field goal attempt, dashing 73 yards for … Continue reading

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Weight-loss contest so fun we forgot about a prize

With just one week to go in our famlly weight-loss contest, we still haven’t settled on a prize – or  whether the winning team will be determined by pounds or percentage of weight lost. Strangely, no one seems to be … Continue reading

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Marathon not necessarily a weight-loss tool

In all the marathon hubbub, I neglected to report this week’s results in the family weight-loss contest. Or maybe I was trying to avoid the humiliation of admitting that I posted a slight gain despite having run 26 miles on … Continue reading

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Colleen wins family weight-loss contest

We got together for breakfast at the Indiana Pancake House on Sunday morning to see Rowan off to college — where she went from being a freshman to a junior in just one year of serious study* that will save … Continue reading

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WWI Week 16: The allure of end-game extremism

It’s tempting, with just a week to go in Wells Weighs In, to try a pro fighters’ weight-cutting strategy I read about this week on The Four-Hour Body author Tim Ferris’ blog. It’s a detailed five-day plan for jettisoning 20-30 … Continue reading

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WWI Week 14: Trying to stay positive

Is this the beginning of the end for the Fitness Protection Program? With three weeks to go in Wells Weighs In, I’m up 5 pounds this week, Colleen’s stuck for the umpteenth week in a row and Traci hasn’t stepped … Continue reading

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WWI Week 13: Eating in ‘shifts’

Thank goodness we were so busy on Wednesday that Colleen forgot she’d dared me to eat nothing but egg whites that day. What would she say if she knew that in fact — on the day before our team’s monthly … Continue reading

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WWI Week 11: The candy locker, reincarnated

“Mom, you need to hide my Easter candy!” Colleen wailed as she shifted into catch-up mode after an overly indulgent holiday weekend. But it was too late to undo the damage: She was up 3 pounds at yesterday’s informal home weigh-in, erasing … Continue reading

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WWI Week 7: Triathlon jitters amid snow day fun

All six members of the Fitness Protection Program’s “A” team and “B” team got together for a couple of hours on Wednesday, but did we do any training for tomorrow’s triathlon? Well, no. School was canceled due to a snow … Continue reading

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WWI Week 5: The psychology of splitting a meal

For years, my parents have bickered over the notion of splitting a meal at a restaurant. Dad would prefer to do it almost every time out, not just to save money but to cut down on oversized restaurant portions. But … Continue reading

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